How effective is your self-introduction?
“The introduction is the door, once the door opens, you get to start the conversation.”
— Sally Hogshead, visionary and creator of The Fascination Advantage
Your self-introduction should be meticulously rehearsed yet seamless, with no evidence of your practice:
- The information you present should be relevant to the situation and be brief — no longer than 10 seconds.
- Modify your self-introduction to suit the occasion.
- There is no single intro that works for every occasion. Where you are and the people you’re with determine the level of formality.
- Think minimalist for maximum impact.
- The most successful self-introductions are authentic and sincere. The higher your position, the more important this becomes.
- Far more than acting as an extension of a personal brand, the self-introduction always reflects your corporate brand.
- Even if you think your reputation precedes you, all the more reason to be armed with an intro.
What to do when you’re introduced incorrectly:
Let’s say you’re known professionally as “Michael Morgan” but introduced as “Mike Morgan” or “Mike.”
- Immediately gently correct the situation — without conveying the level of annoyance you may be feeling. For example, “Actually, I’m Michael Morgan, so that I’m not confused with several other Mike Morgans.”
Or perhaps you’ve had a recent promotion and you’re introduced as Michael Morgan with your former title of marketing manager:
- Again, correct this on the spot – “As a matter of fact, Sarah Headon is our new marketing manager as of last week. I’ll be working closely with Sarah in my role as Director of Marketing. As you know, Terry Roberts was acting Director and she’s now moving to Chicago to head up the expansion plans there.”
This brief, lighthearted video showcases an assured self-introduction that conveys Professional Presence.